I spent three hours in the car, five hours in the exhibition hall, and way too much money, but I have some amazing additions to my ephemera stash, and can hear my art room calling me to new projects as I sit here and write this.
First, here are a few views of the show itself:
vintage magazines and comic books:
boxes, bottles, and tins for soaps, salves, and medications:
Calendars and advertisements:
Photo albums, autograph books, and scrapbooks:
Matchbooks (I saw a LOT more of these this year than last time):
Magazines, pamphlets, and playbills:
Collectibles that are kind of cute:
And collectibles that are definitely creepy:
And every other sort of collectible you can imagine in between:
There weren't too many 50 cent tables, I can tell you that! (And I can tell you that most of what is on this table are calendars that have been pulled apart to sell the pages separately!)in October 2013, when I last attended the show: First, I already have a LOT of ephemera, so it's tough to lay out a lot of money for postage stamps, for example, when I still have boxes of them for use at home.
And, second, many (maybe even most) of the vendors are priced WAY outside my range, and the prices seem to be rising. More than once, I overheard customers paying HUNDREDS of dollars for a single movie poster, historic document, or photograph. And even things like $12 or $15 for a single photograph are above my pay grade.
But that's not to say that I couldn't find plenty of fairly reasonable ways to spend my money!
Because this post has proven to be so photo-heavy, I am going to share photos of my purchases in my next post. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, for more Allentown Paper Show eye candy, check out my posts from April 2013 and October 2013.